Bangladesh made an ordinary start to the 21st Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia on Thursday when swimmer Mahmudun Nobi Nahid was eliminated in the heat of the men’s 50-metre butterfly event.
Nahid, who finished sixth among eight swimmers in the heat number three, became 38th among 54 swimmers.
Nahid also failed to put his own best timing of 26.17 seconds behind, something that was his main goal before coming into the Games.
The 21-year-old Bangladesh Navy swimmer took 26.56 seconds, 0.39 second behind of his previous best that he set in the National Championship last year.
Nahid, who took part in the same event of the 2016 South Asian Games, said that the absence of their South Korean head coach Park Tae Gun in the camp for last one-and-half month, affected his form.
‘We took the preparation without our Korean coach and that I think it affected my performance,’ said Nahid, who would compete in the men’s 100-metre butterfly event on April 8.
Nahid also admitted that his performance was poor compared to the swimmers who came from the sub-continent.
‘I saw an Indian and a Sri Lankan swimmer, who were at same level with me in the 2016 South Asian Games. But they improved their timing here [Gold Coast] because they got proper training facilities.’
‘It was my first appearance in such a big competition and I was embarrassed with few things. .
‘For example we claimed that Bangladesh is a developing country but here I saw my costume was the cheapest considered to the other swimmers.’
Two other swimmers — Nazma Khatun and Ariful Islam – will start their mission today.
Nazma will compete in the women’s 50-metre freestyle while Ariful will take the pool in the 100-metre breaststroke event.
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